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Month: October 2018

Respecting Expertise, Supporting Transgender Employees, and Understanding the “Only” Experience

5 Ally Actions | Oct 26, 2018 Photo by Tan Danh from Pexels Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Push back when someone questions the judgment of a URM with…

IT Failures Are Inevitable

This is the first of a series on resilience, self-healing systems, and ongoing testing. This blog focuses on how xMatters introduces failures to test the ability of our systems to handle the chaos without service disruption. Systems fail for many…

How I’ve Been Combatting The “Mommy Tax”

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash One week till Halloween, and this year I am pretty excited to be celebrating it with my little one. In case you’re curious, he’s going as a pineapple and daddy is going as a dragon, so…

Pushing Left, Like a Boss — Part 5.2- Use Safe Dependencies

Pushing Left, Like a Boss — Part 5.2- Use Safe Dependencies The previous article in this series was Part 5.1 — Input Validation, Output Encoding and Parameterized Queries. According to many sources between 70–90% of application code is contained within libraries and other 3rd…

Pushing Left, Like a Boss — Part 5.1 — Input Validation, Output Encoding and Parameterized Queries

Pushing Left, Like a Boss — Part 5.1 — Input Validation, Output Encoding and Parameterized Queries The previous article in this series was Part 4 – Secure coding. After writing up my secure coding guideline and finding it was over 11 pages, my editor informed…

Bro Culture on Parade, Mentoring Women of Color, and Why You Should “Leave Loudly“

5 Ally Actions | Oct 19, 2018 Photo courtesy of RawPixel.com, via Pexels Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Don’t flaunt your bro culture (unless you want to preserve it) British…

Come let’s get the Hacktoberfest T-shirt together: A Beginner’s Guide

Ps: This post is solely intended to motivate more people to make open source contributions. If you have used GitHub before and have a good grasp on any programming language then I urge you to delve deep into code bases…

Q: How can I get paid to mentor others?

WOC in Tech by Christina Morillo: https://www.pexels.com/@divinetechygirl These are programs that pay you to mentor others as they learn how to code. IMHO, these programs are quite useful if you’re looking to help someone else grow their skill set while earning…

Doubt-raising Phrases, Public Chauvinism, and a Cautionary Tale of Garbage In, Garbage Out

5 Ally Actions | Oct 12, 2018 Photo courtesy of Pixabay Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Give wholehearted recommendations Recommendations come in many forms. Formal letters, social media endorsements,…

Learning to Code in the Real World — My time at White October

Learning to Code in the Real World — My time at White October Our work experience student, Tara Flavin Hi, I’m Tara! I’m 16 and I have just finished taking my GCSEs. Although I’ve got two ideas for what I want to do when I’m…

Battling Bias in Berlin

Cassandra Melvin (L) and Danit Gal (R) present the Rockchain network at a first gathering. Their motto is “Connect for Impact.” Image copyright: Ruthe Zuntz A Rockchain Panel Explores Ways to Beat Unconscious Bias Seated at the back of a packed…

Essential skills for girls for jobs of the future

stocksnap.io Christina Morillo Essential Skills for Girls for Jobs of the Future They may not be what you think The future of work will be different — and that means preparing girls today for the jobs of tomorrow. –@MalalaFund When I was in high…

No Lone Wolves: What It Really Takes to Get to the Top of Engineering

Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash I was recently promoted to a Senior Staff position at Box, which has caused me to reflect on my various roles and how my needed skill set has changed with those roles. When I became…

Women Are Indispensable to the Tech Industry — Here’s Why

Women Are Indispensable to the Tech Industry — Here’s Why The tech industry has, for the past few years, been exploding with innovation and has become the very center of many of our lives. It’s enabled us to communicate, explore and create. The…

Women In Tech may need to Flee Brazil

A Look at How Brazil’s Politics Could Negatively Affect its Women In Tech Members of the “Theatre strike against censorship” protest in Rio de Janeiro, in February 1968. By GONÇAVES (CPDOCJB) In September 2018, 2,4 million women united with a single…

Talking Politics at Work, and Why We Should Use the Mic, Every Time

5 Ally Actions | Oct 5, 2018 Photo of someone handing over a mic Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and become a better ally. 1. Acknowledge current events Here in America, we’ve had a heavy two…

7 Business Growth Attributes That Are Often Ignored

Growing your business comes with a lot of challenges, some foreseeable, some not. It is for this reason that most companies tend to go out of business during a growth or expansionism phase due to being unable to cope with…

Power to Soar: My Time at Women in Tech Breakfast

Fuel Your Passion Let’s set the stage: It was Friday, September 28th and I was freezing due to wearing too little clothing yet again. The venue, Evolve Her, looks like something out of a casual TED Talk lobby. There were chairs,…